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List of TR's:
Denverite
saw50st8


Kosher Food/ Restaurants:
Places to Eat:
Aroma Café
Darna Dairy
Kava
Jeffrey’s Bakery
Pita Pan
Pita Plus
Lula by Darna
Metsuyan
Hilel Sports Bar and Grill
Darna
La Spezia
Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
Dr. Sandwich
Prime Grill
Forever yogurt in casco viejo- Chalav Yisroel ice cream
Supermarkets:
Superkosher
Supermacardo Deli K

Synagogue:

The Jewish community in Panama is mainly in Panama City in the Punta Paitilla area.
You must bring your passport with you to enter the shuls. You can bring your passport over during the week if you are not staying in the eruv. They will make a copy of your passport.

Sinagoga Beth El – Orthodox, Ashkenazi. After Shabbat morning services, they have a full sit down Kiddush lunch.

Shevet Ahim – proper attire required, denied entry for shorts.

Ahavat Sion –

Chabad -

Things to Do:
Panama Canal
Amador Causeway
Old City
$30 cabbie for all day
Panama John on FT cab and tour guide
San Blas islands
En Valle Market
Casco Viejo
Barefoot Panama tour company
Boquete
Biosphere
Miraflores Locks
Ancon Hill
Panama Viejo
MultiPlaza (high-end mall)
Parque Natural Metropolitano
Partial canal transit
Monkey Island boat tour
Rainforest Gondola tour
Contadora (Pearl Islands) - whale watching, snorkeling/scuba on Chipera, Mogu Mogu, https://pearlislandsdaytours.com/
Rainbow bass fishing
Ziplining
Rent bikes along the water
Rainforest
Beach- Santa Clara and punta palmar both 1.5+ hours from Panama City
Indigenous tribes
Coffee plantations in the mountains
Whale watching
City tour (includes animals)
Chargres River Tour, hike to waterfall, visit Embrera Indian Village
Hiking Portabello road
Natural Metropolitan Park
www.therealpanamatours.com
Almiza Tours/ My friend mario http://www.bscpma.com/mfm/aboutus.htm
Colon
Bocas del Toro
Old city/Casco viejo

Hotels:

Getting Around:
Uber is the best way to get around, cheap and reliable (if you go to the rainforest, there might not be any cars available going back, search before)

Notes:


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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #300 on: November 29, 2018, 12:03:56 AM »
What are the best options to arrange Shabbat food?

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #301 on: December 26, 2018, 05:52:12 PM »
Is there a picture of the eruv anywhere?

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #302 on: January 07, 2019, 09:12:09 PM »
@Denverite Thank you for all your info. I'm going in 2 weeks with my family with 5 kids ages 1-9. We are also staying at Sortis, I booked 2 regular rooms, I called up to pay for an upgrade to 2 suites, and they told me you don't need to upgrade we will put a note and upgrade you when you come. I called again and got the same response. Did you book a suite, or got upgraded?

We are planing on doing the following:
1) Canal and Monkey Island
2) Embera Village
3) Islas Las Perlas...

Anything else you suggest for a family with young kids?

Thank you again.
@Brian, what was the outcome of your request for an upgrade?
We are going in a month. We have two award bookings for standard rooms, one with points and one with a Cat1-5 7-night cert.  Ideally,  I would be prefer to upgrade one of the rooms to a 2BR 2BA suite and would pay for the upgrade.  I will call but would appreciate learning your data point.

And maybe others can share their experience? (I know @Denverite paid $80/night to upgrade to 1BR 2BA suite.)

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #303 on: January 08, 2019, 07:24:07 PM »
@Brian, what was the outcome of your request for an upgrade?
We are going in a month. We have two award bookings for standard rooms, one with points and one with a Cat1-5 7-night cert.  Ideally,  I would be prefer to upgrade one of the rooms to a 2BR 2BA suite and would pay for the upgrade.  I will call but would appreciate learning your data point.

And maybe others can share their experience? (I know @Denverite paid $80/night to upgrade to 1BR 2BA suite.)

I paid $70 a night and friends of mine just got back and we also offered that (and took them up on it).  We both had two rooms booked so didn't try for a 2brm...they appear to have less of those and cost a lot more, I think you've got a much better shot at a 1Brm upgrade...bear in mind, we didn't have SPG status.  Although I was there two weeks and they only charged me the upgrade fee for the first week so I actually only paid $35 a night and was super happy!  :P

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #304 on: January 08, 2019, 11:12:00 PM »
I paid $70 a night and friends of mine just got back and we also offered that (and took them up on it).  We both had two rooms booked so didn't try for a 2brm...they appear to have less of those and cost a lot more, I think you've got a much better shot at a 1Brm upgrade...bear in mind, we didn't have SPG status.  Although I was there two weeks and they only charged me the upgrade fee for the first week so I actually only paid $35 a night and was super happy!  :P
Thanks.  We have two rooms, which would be fine for us — just two people per room.  We will just ask nicely for an upgrade at check in.  We are lowly Gold Elite. 

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #305 on: January 10, 2019, 04:37:41 PM »
Going to Panama for 4.5 days.
What hotel would people suggest using Marriot/Spg points?
Would anyone go to Westin Playa Bonita for 2 nights?


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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #306 on: January 10, 2019, 11:15:24 PM »
Going to Panama for 4.5 days.
What hotel would people suggest using Marriot/Spg points?
Would anyone go to Westin Playa Bonita for 2 nights?

Sortis...gorgeous and 4 kosher restaurants within two blocks

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #307 on: January 11, 2019, 08:16:25 AM »
Is zika still a problem in panama city?

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #308 on: January 11, 2019, 10:16:43 AM »
Is zika still a problem in panama city?
Yes

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Re: Panama Master Thread
« Reply #309 on: January 11, 2019, 12:00:09 PM »
Is zika still a problem in panama city?

Actually was Zika ever a problem in Panama city?  The maps show it in Darien on the Columbian border in the jungle.  Anyone whose been can tell you there are very few mosquitos in Panama city itself because of the constant breezes off the water (and I assume spraying)...